crankygeeks 151 episode
This is episode 151 of crankygeeks. Here is the episode page description:
Run time 31:23Producer pcmagAudio/Visual sound, colorLanguage English
DTV Transition Back On, Microsoft's Layoffs, Zune Sales Plummet, YouTube Users to Delete Comments, and more...
What's new in Episode 151
Sebastian Rupley, Co-Crank, Editorial Director, PCMagCast.com
Adam Curry, President, Mevio
Tom Merritt, Executive Editor, CNET
House Defeats DTV Transition Delay Bill
BREAKING NEWS: The House has defeated a bill that the Senate previously approved which would have postponed the transition to digital TV until June. As it stands, the transition is still slated for February 17th. Will chaos ensue?
Wikipedia Considers Limiting User Edits
Wikipedia is apparently considering instituting a new editorial process that would put better safeguards in place and require all updates to be approved by a "reliable" user. The proposal comes in the aftermath of a false entry that was posted by a user, saying Senators Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd had died after an inaugural luncheon.
Obama Calls On Scott McNealy for Input on Open Source
Sun Microsystems Chairman Scott McNealy has been asked by President Obama to author a white paper on the benefits the U.S. government can derive from using open source technology, BBC News reports. "It's intuitively obvious open source is more cost effective and productive than proprietary software," says McNealy.
Study Slams Brain-Training Games
Games such as Big Brain Academy on the Wii, and Dr KawaShima's Brain Training on the DS don't provide the mental workout you may have thought, says a new study. The research used two teams of kids--one asked to complete a seven-week memory course using a DS brain-training game, while another group completed puzzles using pencil and paper. The study found the groups using the DS actually recorded a 17 per cent decrease in memory tests after seven weeks.
Extreme Porn Law Goes Live
This week, in England and Wales, it has become a criminal offense to possess pictures that the government deems to be "extreme porn". The Register reports that individuals who are concerned about material they may have on their hard drives should wipe their drives.
John C. Dvorak